TAAS GENERAL MEETING
SATURDAY, MAY 25 – 7:00PM

REGENER HALL, UNM CAMPUS

FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

“MAKING STELLAR DIAMONDS: WHITE DWARFS” – JASON S. KENDALL

Mark Goodman, TAAS President, will lead a brief General Meeting, where he will welcome members, new and old, and visitors and introduce the Board Members.  Upcoming events will be discussed and then Boris Venet, TAAS Vice President, will introduce our featured speaker.

Abstract:  A white dwarf is the end stage of evolution of stars with low to intermediate masses. After the nuclear fuel of the star is exhausted, gravity compresses the remaining core into an extremely dense object that is typically not much bigger than the planet Earth.

In this talk, we will survey some of the properties of white dwarfs and the physics principles that govern their properties.

Bio:

Jason Kendall holds Masters degrees in Astronomy (New Mexico State U.) and in Theater Arts (U. of Texas, Austin). He has taught college-level astronomy for over a decade, at William Paterson University (NJ) and at the City University of New York,  and has worked as a computer administrator on Wall Street. With this unusually diverse background, it is probably no surprise that Jason is an enthusiastic public astronomy educator and outreach activist.